Swap-bot Time: August 4, 2020 1:41 am


Date Joined: October 15, 2017
Last Online: August 2, 2020
Birthday: August 22
Country: United States

About Me

Please let me know if I send you a postage due item! I’m happy to make it up to you. My local post office has reduced hours still:(

Welcome to my profile! I am 53 years old and live near San Francisco, California. My town is an island in the San Francisco Bay. I have also lived on another island 🌴 here in the bay.

A few of my favorite things: Handmade anything. Dabbling in drawing, doodling, some variation of zentangles, watercolor, gel plate printing, stamping, collage, acrylics, sewing, painting, coloring, knitting, and other fiber arts, beading, cooking, and more.

Penpal writing and journal writing are some of my favorite pastimes.

💜Bella Grace& Daphne’s Diary & Somerset Studio are magazines I read.

Here are some of the YouTube people I subscribe to: Maremi Smallarts, Nik the Booksmith, Mystele, Ana Bondu, Susanne Rose Art, The Paper Outpost, Creationsceecee, My Arty Heart, Lisa Oxley, Joie de fi, Gel Press, and Gelli Arts.

Postcards & Paper

Postcards: I love any and all postcards. Here is a list to help make your selection easier. But really I love them all! I also specifically like handmade, collage, tourist, art, any upcycled or reused or reformed "art", illustrated, inspirational, humor, photography.

Paper: I love stationery and all kinds of paper.

Junk journals, funky scrapbooks. I'm not that coordinated nor designed. My style is eclectic and messy and Bohemian. But I love to save all kinds of little bits and pieces. Ribbons, book pages, washi tape, wrapping paper, home made paper.

Favorite Books

Currently reading about 10 books right now. Of Blood & Bone, Tools of the Trade by Tim Ferriss, and Ignorance is Strength are a few of the titles.

What are you reading or listening to? Would you recommend a book to me? Or several? I’m open to new books right now. I finally cleared up my 2019 book list and I’m ready for new juicy reading material!!

Apocalyptic Fiction:

*Hugh Howey *Paolo Bacigalupi

Cyber fiction:

*William Gibson *Neal Stephenson


*Anne Rice *Chuck Hogan *Guillermo del Toro *Edgar Allen Poe

Teen Fiction

*Annette Marie *Sarah Cameron

Travel Writing

*Paul Theroux *Henry Miller

General Fiction

*Jon Steele *Francesca Lia Block *Anais Nin *Jack Kerouac *Gabriel Garcia Marquez *Danielle Steel *George R.R. Martin *Haruki Murakami *Robert B. Parker *JD Salinger

General Non-Fiction

*Oliver Sacks *Jeffrey Toobin *Angela Duckworth *Malcolm Gladwell *Jack Kerouac *Esther Perel *Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner


*John Muir *Henry David Thoreau

Favorite Television

News I've been watching all the news.

Recently added Netflix but haven’t actually watched anything yet.

My favorite new show is Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.


Mostly now, I Walk, Dance, and do yoga.

When this is over I will swim again.

Happily many old friends are hosting free dj dance sets and we can stream sets live or download free versions at Soundcloud or many other websites I can't even keep up with. It's a happy upshot of this nightmare.


Instead of sending extras, so something extra special for yourself. Buy yourself something sweet. Do a mini spa treatment or a maxi treatment! In this time of stress and isolation be kind to yourself and I’ll feel it remotely. You can even tell me what wonderful thing or experience you had. That would really make my day. ❤️💕💜💗🍾🎂🐶💗🍒🍑

Crystals & Rocks

Crystals & Rocks & Precious Metals: I used to think hippies were crazy for being into these things. I didn't get it. I still do not really understand the metaphysical aspects but I just love crystals and rocks and metals.

Here are a few of my favorite crystals: Rock crystal, rutilated quartz, amazonite, tourmaline, pyrite, mica, rose quartz, celetite, serpentine, selenite, jasper, azurite, obsidian, and many more.


Artist Trading Cards or ATC and other arts and crafts creations. Recently I started really trading artist cards and that is super fun. I'm enjoying swapping these cards, other peoples' beautiful, fantastic, creations!

Favorite Music

I can't think of a genre of music that I don't like.

I also love to listen to spoken word, plays, old radio shows.

I heard some big investor, one of the Rolling Stones maybe? Is saving the old blues recordings on 78-- from like the Mississippi delta and Louisiana-- vinyl and converting the into digital collections. I also love Gospel. I am not familiar with too many Gospel singers but I love some Gospel music, church music, Gregorian chants, ecstatic dance...Amen.

Gardens & Plants

My husband and I have planted a small victory garden. We have had a garden for over 10 years. This year we planted with the intention of reducing our dependence on the grocery store. Edible flowers too. Fruits like this year a volunteer blackberry bush joined our harvest. Cucumber, kale, mache, lettuces, beets, carrots, onions, tomatoes, and peppers all varieties of peppers.

What about you? Do you grow anything? Do you have house plants? Succulents/ can you give me any advice on succulents. I kill mine-unintentionally.


BrunetteBunny rated for TBR: In July I read ... on Aug 3, 2020
Comment: I too got distracted by all the new shiny things. Hoping to have more self-control in August.
CookieMomster78 rated for JAMS - Starters w/ a Goddess on Jul 20, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the extra postcards and vintage-y die cut shapes!
CAMILES rated for AAA: Quick Coin #4 on Jul 20, 2020
Comment: Background color is beautiful. N flowers too.
Comment: Nicely made PC. It reminds me of the Golden Gate Park in SF. I haven't been to San Diego for about 40 years! The pool in the PC is beautiful with the lily pads 🌸 We are doing well in Florida... we never stopped wearing a mask in public and sanitizing after being in a shop though. It's crazy how many people they don't need to wear a mask now! I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe as well 🙂
paperlover rated for AAA: SC June on Jul 6, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the ATC. I love different backgrounds
Comment: i'm glad you found solace in your pick. Sounds like an interesting story, and audiobooks can really be so soothing! I also chose something that brought me comfort after a heavy non-fiction month in May. And thank you for reminding me I have a blog xD I'll see to update it now that I've accumulated some reviews thanks to these swaps =P
fiorellaione rated for TBR: In June I read ... on Jul 4, 2020
Comment: Now that you mentioned it, I realized I really miss going to bookstores! Buying books online it's not as satisfying, is it? I hope you enjoy reading Doyle! =)
colleenbUSA rated for TBR: In June I read ... on Jun 30, 2020
Comment: Don’t feel bad about getting 5 new books, I ordered 8 I think from Book Outlet this month!
Comment: Thank you!
colleenbUSA rated for TBR: In May I read ... on Jun 23, 2020
Comment: I’m so sorry I didn’t rate earlier! I thought I had! You’re doing great!
Comment: Thank you for the fun postcard and note about wandering!
dmwcheng rated for Library Lovers Postcard Prompt #20 on Jun 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the postcard, Marie. Stay human and wash your hands. =)
sprog101 rated for CALG: postcards on Jun 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely post card :)
Lantana149 rated for AAA: Quick Coin #3 on Jun 13, 2020
Comment: Such a simple but beautiful coin!😍
ChristineMartinez rated for The power of flowers ATC on Jun 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the ATCs and the lovely letter. I'm not looking for more pen pals right now (I'm SUPER behind in my responses), but I really enjoyed hearing from you. :)
USAFwife rated for TBR: Unread Shelf Project 2020 May on Jun 8, 2020
Comment: Your book sounds interesting! I didn't know he wrote much before Game of Thrones. I only read the first book in that series, and never got into the TV series.
USAFwife rated for TBR: In May I read ... on Jun 8, 2020
Comment: It looks like you broke even in May. :) Better than I did. Hope June is better for you - for all of us - in so many ways. :) Thanks for sharing your updates.
Comment: Hey Marie this is such a beautiful postcard, wow. Ah yes your fear is very logical and very hard to get used to... And this is very nice compliment :) I'll finish your letter soon and send out next month. Take care ♡
Response: Glad it made its way to you.
Kskollections rated for AAA: Postage Stamp on Jun 3, 2020
Comment: Very creative!
Response: I loved making that card.

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supersquirrel on May 9, 2020:

Thank you for the JAM homer and all the wonderful papers. Something got Buster yesterday. He has a big patch of fur missing but he'll be ok - he's 1 tough kitty!

supersquirrel on May 9, 2020:

Thank you for the JAM homer and all the wonderful papers. Something got Buster yesterday. He has a big patch of fur missing but he'll be ok - he's 1 tough kitty!

hibiscus on May 4, 2020:

Just got your swap jam with the Neruda orange poem ... one look and I knew you had to be a true artist with an artist soul... thanks it’s very nice

myancey on Feb 13, 2020:

Thanks for the butterfly birthday card and for thinking about me. Happy swapping

Carolien25 on Feb 9, 2020:

Thanks so much for your awesome meeting card from San Francisco as of unassigned partner from postcard roulette swap! I love it! <3

armadillogal on Jan 12, 2020:

Postcard likes????

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reauk on Dec 12, 2018:

JATWCT: Are You A Sprout Lover Or Hater?

from reauk

dear Maria sorry for my mistake in my last posting im in love with sprouts they are my favorite vegetable Love them or hate them, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without Brussels sprouts. over here in England our new walkers crisps/chips are sprouts flavour yummy yummy

Angie on Dec 10, 2018:

JATWCT: Are you a brussel sprout lover?

I adore brussel sprouts though they don't adore me back. My Pekingese love them too.

Happy Brussel Sprouts to you!

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